January 17, 2019
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PREMIERES, DEBUTS AND STAR TURNS
BALLETNEXT RETURNS TO NEW YORK LIVE ARTS, FEBRUARY 19-25, WITH A NEW LOOK, TWO NEW BALLETS BY MICHELE WILES, BALLETS BY MAURO BAGONZETTI, A NEW CROP OF DANCERS, LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED BY TOM HARRELL, AMONG OTHERS
at New York Live Arts
February 19–23, 2019
BalletNext presents BalletNext 2019 Season in partnership with the University of Utah School of Dance at New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19thStreet, NYC from February 19–23, 2019.
BalletNext returns to New York Live Arts with ballets by Michele Wiles, Mauro Bagonzetti, a new line-up of dancers, and live music performed by Tom Harrell and others. Performances run from February 19–23, 2019 at 7:30pm with an additional 2pm matinee on Saturday February 23 at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011. For tickets and more information please visit http://www.balletnext.com/calendar/#upnext.
BalletNext takes its name seriously with each season showcasing unexpected new dances, surprise performers, and always – live music. This year’s season at New York Live Arts running February 19–25, 2019 is no exception. For starters, the company brings a new line-up of eight dancers handpicked from the prestigious University of Utah School of Dance, where company leader Michele Wiles has been a guest artist for the past semester. Two premieres – created by Wiles – are on the boards, one with music composed and performed by Wiles' ongoing collaborator, master jazz trumpeter, Tom Harrell.
The season will also feature guest appearances by internationally celebrated dancers Amar Ramasar and Maria Kowroski in “Bachground” by Mauro Bagonzetti. Originally choreographed for and premiered by BalletNext in 2012, the duet is set to Bach’s Solo Piano, which will be performed by pianist Dr. Vedrana Subotic, University of Utah Associate Professor of Music.
“Hey, Wait,” a New York premiere by Wiles, features all eight of the rigorously-schooled Utah dancers, and is set to Vibrer, by Tom Harrell, who performs live with Luis Pedromo on piano. Embodying the spirit of its ever-changing jazz score, the ballet slyly shifts from duets to octets to trios to solos to quartets. “Hey, Wait” marks Wiles’ third collaboration with Harrell.
“Birds of a Feather,” a New York premiere, created by Wiles in Salt Lake this fall, is set to a series of Haydn’s last piano sonatas, to be played at NYLA by Vedrana Subotic. Bigonzetti’s “La Follia,” a duet commissioned and premiered by BalletNext in 2011, will be performed at NYLA by Wiles and Utah dancer Danielle Dreis.
At BalletNext, the search for innovation trumps convention. In 2011, Michele Wiles, one of New York’s most acclaimed dancers, founded the company with the vision to provide a platform for leading dancers, choreographers, and musicians. As a result, new work is produced and performed in an environment that promotes experimentation, creative problem solving, and a focus on process. http://www.balletnext.com
.About the School of Dance
The School of Dance at the University of Utah is home to the disciplines of ballet and modern dance, which each have long traditions of excellence and prominence in the state and across the world. Each discipline boasts renowned faculty who connect individually with students, unique and plentiful performance opportunities, a breadth of scholarly and creative inquiry, rigorous and challenging coursework, and interdisciplinary explorations. The internationally acclaimed dance programs at the NASD-accredited University of Utah offer a comprehensive program of Dance study, maintaining a balanced emphasis on both performance and scholarship while presenting students with the training necessary to excel within their chosen field. The student body is comprised of approximately 200 undergraduates and 25 graduate students seeking the following degrees: Minor, BFA, HBFA, and MFA. A commitment to excellence in Dance education, its teaching, performance and research, is the hallmark of the program — known worldwide for their versatile and gifted alumni. The School of Dance is one of five units in the College of Fine Arts, including Art & Art History, Film & Media Arts, Music, and Theatre. The University of Utah is located in the Wasatch foothills, overlooking Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, and the Great Basin’s west desert. https://www.dance.utah.edu/
ABOUT NEW YORK LIVE ARTS
New York Live Arts is a center of diverse artists devoted to body-based investigation that transcends barriers between and within communities led by world-renowned artist Bill T. Jones. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit. https://newyorklivearts.org